Alpinestars Raid Gloves
- Stretch fabric, mesh and leather main shell construction
- Stretch fabric top hand with stretch mesh fingers and leather palm
- Soft viscoelastic PU foam compound knuckle guard which is ergonomically profiled
- Hook and loop grip closure conveniently positioned on top of the wrist
- Mesh and stretch fabric on the backhand for lighter weight, cooling performance and comfort
- Short cuff design for ease of entry and convenience
- Ergonomic stretch insert between thumb and palm and on backhand offers flexibility to vastly improve hand movement
- Reflective piping on finger tips
- Thumb and palm reinforcement constructed from synthetic suede for durability and grip
- Touchscreen compatible finger-tip
- CE certified Level 1
The fit of Alpinestars gloves are very consistent from one model to the next. And overall, they fit a bit small as compared to other brands we carry such as FirstGear, Tour Master, etc. It’s not enough to recommend that you buy a larger size (especially if a snug fit is preferred) but it is noticeable enough to say that if you are sometimes between sizes, then you should probably choose the larger of the two. Hopefully you’ve had some experience with buying gloves and can choose based upon the fit of a previous pair. If you have no previous experience with glove sizing, go here for help.
Our Two Cents
The Alpinestars Raid gloves are a lightweight street riding glove made of a combination of mesh materials and leather. These gloves feature a Monster logo on the back of the hand.
The palm of this glove is leather and there are overlays of a textured leather in the main wear areas. The back of the hand is mostly mesh so these gloves will work well in summer, but not so much in cooler or cold temps.
The overall design is very comfortable. The only significant protection feature is the molded rubber armor piece over the knuckles which feels secure and is very flexible. The armor is hidden behind black stretch material.
I didn’t find an exact duplicate of this glove in the Alpinestars lineup (but without the Monster logo), but from what I can tell, this one is comparably priced to similar gloves in their lineup. So if you like the logo, you really aren’t paying a discernible premium for it so feel free to indulge. :: Paul, 09-12-19